Merit Badge Fair

October 24, 2015

The Merit Badge Fair is an opportunity for Boy Scouts or Venturers, of any rank, to work on several merit badges. All Scouts are required to bring signed blue cards in order to work on merit badges. The fair is limited to the first 400 registered Scouts. The Merit Badge Fair is being held at St. Thomas High School (4500 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77007) from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.

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Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be! Every Scout deserves a trained leader. See the council training schedule for a list of additional trainings offered in the council. 

Date Training
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Course Description
October 17, 2015 BALOO Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation BALOO) is a one day course designed as an introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for those leaders who are interested in adding a camping component to their pack activities. BSA's Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught, along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a pack overnighter.
October 31, 2015 Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training  Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training provides troop leadership with the information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops. 
November 7-8, 2015 Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Fifth grade Webelos leaders are encouraged to take this course.
November 14, 2015 Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow is one-day training where Cub Scout leaders and parents can increase their knowledge and improve their skills. Offered in November, participants choose from a wide variety of activity and learning sessions. Walk away with useful resources and tons of ideas!

Twin Bayou District Roundtable

November 12, 2015

Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month at St. John The Divine Church (2450 River Oaks Blvd, Houston, 77019) to help unit leaders plan and carry out their own program. Roundtable is a form of supplemental training for volunteers. The objective of roundtable is to give leaders program ideas; information on policy, events, and training opportunities; and an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders. As a result of the roundtable experience, unit leaders will be inspired, motivated, informed, and able to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.


Due December 10, 2015

Every December, all units are required to renew their affiliation with Scouting. Units are to complete the internet recharter and submit the signed paperwork by December roundtable. Some important things to remember:

  • Plan ahead to get recharter done early, as this time of the year is typically very busy. It takes time to gather information and collect fees and signatures,
  • Ensure all registered leaders have taken Youth Protection Training (YPT),
  • Ensure the top unit leader (i.e., Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venturing Advisor, Varsity Coach) has completed BSA training for his or her position,
  • Submit internet advancements and service hours by December 31st.
  • Recharter paperwork is due on or before the December 10th roundtable.
  • Read the important information at

Fall Popcorn Sales

Selling gourmet popcorn is a wonderful opportunity for units to earn funds to support their entire year of Scouting.  Why Sell? • Increase your unit income – 73% stays in the local area • Scouts learn life lessons by “earning their own way” • There are loads of incentives including cool prizes and college scholarships. For more information, contact Tom Paulley.

More Information          Sign up your unit to sell popcorn           Popcorn Kernel Guide

There are two options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, and selling online to friends and family out of town:

1. Traditional take order sales are the most traditional way to sell popcorn. Scouts go door-to-door with the take order form received from your leader after your unit kick off through November 10, 2015. Customers choose the product(s) and Scouts deliver the popcorn after November 21, 2015.

2. Online popcorn sales are a great way to sell to friends and family who live far away. Online sales count toward Scout prizes and the scholarship program. Customers can pay with a credit card, and the products are shipped directly to the customer by Trail's End. Scout must create an account to sell online. Online sales run through November 10, 2015

Popcorn Blitz Day

Blitz day is a designated day where units are encouraged to sell popcorn during take order as a group by canvasing areas in their neighborhood. Scouts that meet the items sold count indicated by each date will qualify for entry in the drawing for one of three GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition.

  • October 24, 2015 – Sell total 40 items by this date
  • November 7, 2015 – Sell total 60 items by this date

To enter into drawing, email screen shot (from your cell phone) of the Scout’s sales form(s) showing the total number of qualifying items sold by 7:00 pm on the designated Blitz dates and email a picture of the forms to Please be sure to indicate Scout’s name, unit type and number and contact phone number to contact in case they win. The winner will be drawn and announced on the council's Facebook page the following Monday.

Note: Scouts are not required to participate in Blitz Day to enter drawing. If the required number of items are sold and met by the Blitz Day deadline, a Scout may submit an entry for the drawing.

Upcoming Council Events

October 6 - 20, 2015

Starting October 6, the national council of the Boy Scouts of America will send a link to an email survey to leaders, chartered organization representatives, parents of Scouts, and Scouts over age 14. The survey is called the "Voice of the Scout." Responses are due by October 20, 2015

The survey happens twice a year. It's important because it's a chance for you to give both the national organization and our council Executive Board and staff your feelings on what works and what doesn't in Scouting. Past feedback has figured into changes like the new Cub Scout advancement program... so your answers will be taken seriously.

This message will be sent to the email address you provided to your unit at recharter or when you filled out your last membership application - so please check whatever email that is during this coming week.

Finally, there will be one question in the survey asking whether you would recommend the Scouting program to others. We understand that everybody has something they wish was done a little better or a little differently; this question is not the forum to express those wishes. Simply put, if your child has enjoyed and benefited from this program, please answer with a "9" or "10" rating. We encourage you to use every other question in the survey to offer your most complimentary or most pointed comments about ways our volunteer and professional staff can make your Scouting experience better.

October 16-17 and 17-18, 2015

Fun with Son is an overnight campout for newly registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts and their adult partner and families at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County Rd 317, Navasota, TX 77868). Scouts can participate in BB guns, archery, sling shots, crafts, rockets, sports, campfire and more. Registration closes October 14, 2015. Registration includes an event patch, activity supplies, and two meals. Registration for the Saturday afternoon to Sunday campout is full.  There are still a few spots left for the Friday to Saturday afternoon campout.

Register for Fun with Son              Fun with Son Parent Guide              Volunteer Staff Registration 

October 17, 2015

Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI) is an annual Scouting event sponsored by the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Scouts of any age can stop by the Cockrell Scout Center from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and talk to Scouts around the world by computer and amateur radio.  Last year, JOTI had almost 16,000 Scouts and leaders registered from 146 countries! Registration is not required. We will have some shared computers available, or we can show you how to use your laptop or mobile device to connect to Sessions are typically about 20 to 30 minutes. 

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November 6-8, 2015

OA Fall Pow Wow is for Order of the Arrow members and is Colonneh Lodge's premier event. It is a combination of sports, games, expos, shows, ceremony competitions, Native American crafts, Pow Wows, and so much more. OA Fall Pow Wow is held at Bovay Scout Ranch, and is three days of non-stop fun, food, fellowship and celebration. Don’t miss the annual Vigil call out following the Saturday evening show.  

Register for OA Fall Pow Wow                  Flyer

November 14, 2015

Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow is a one-day training with new ideas and resources for Cub Scout leaders and parents. Over 50 classes are offered on topics such as awards, crafts, games, songs, skits, outdoor cooking, derbies, den meeting ideas, field trips, pack committee resources, pack meeting ideas and more. Leaders and parents can increase their knowledge, improve their skills, and gain enthusiastic attitudes about Cub Scouting. Offered only once per year, participants choose from a wide variety of activity and learning sessions and walk away with useful resources and tons of ideas! 

Register for Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow                  Course Catalog  

September 1 - November 16, 2015

Once each year, a troop or team may hold a unit election to elect youth members of their troop or team to become members of the Order of the Arrow. Elections are normally held at a regular troop meeting, and take about half an hour to complete. In order for an election to be held, at least 50% of your active youth members must be present – if less than 50% are present, the election must be rescheduled. The OA elections must be completed by the OA chapter election team with support of unit Arrowmen, OA troop/team representative and unit leader. 

Request a Unit Election

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